22 October 2020
It’s already 17 years – 21 October 2003 – since emotive singer/songwriter ELLIOTT SMITH took his own life. He was only 34. He was born in Ohama, Nebraska in 1969, but spend most of his life in Portland, Oregon.
After playing in a few bands he went his own way. He made 5 albums between 1994 and 2000. Now playing on my stereo is his final LP Figure 8. A varied, melancholic beauty…
14 October 2020
One of BOWIE‘s best albums ever (in my book)
Released 14 October 1977 – 43 years ago today.
On the stereo…
13 October 2020
Band: FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore)
Album: AS LONG AS YOU ARE – sixth LP
Released: 9 October 2020
NME: “The indie heroes spin thrillingly off the tracks
on a bruised album that exudes the brilliance of their
breakout 2014 song ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’”
Enjoying the synth-pop symphonies…
FUTURE ISLANDS: Facebook
Samuel T. Herring in action… (photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
Band: THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town)
Album: FILTH AND WISDOM – debut LP
Released: 2 October 2020
THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook
26 September 2020
Band: Public Enemy
Album: What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? – 15th LP
with a long cast of guests: Cypress Hill, Mike D & Ad Rock, Run DMC, Nas,
Rhapsody, Ice-T, James Bomb, and more.
Released: 25 September 2020
NME says: Still bringing the noise after being in the game for over 30 years, this album is Public Enemy’s best effort since 1998’s ‘He Got Game’. Continuing to hold leaders accountable in a time when it’s truly needed, the group’s fearless expressions of truth sound right at home pinned to a jet-fuelled backdrop of rip-roaring beats that hammer your eardrums and capture everything hip-hop should stand for.” – Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Chuck D.: “My battle is with Trump – to look at this guy that I’ve known since the early ‘80s. I’m from New York and I’ve seen all his bullshit and the mind games that he’s played on the country and the world. He’s just got to go. Fuck waiting ‘til November. We’re trying to Nixonise this guy. We’re trying to get him to step down quick now. If the world can’t stand him and half the country can’t stand him, then why is he there?”
PUBLIC ENEMY: Facebook
25 September 2020
First album in 12 years
AllMusic/Andy Kellman verdict: “ACR Loco is freer in spirit and lighter in touch than their previous LP, Mind Made Up. While ACR could be forgiven for feeling the weight of a 40-year history, there’s a spring in their step… They’re as comfortable with referring to their past as they are with exhibiting old and new inspirations… it’s all put together in a way that only A Certain Ratio could possibly manage… forward motion and eternal optimism.”
Full review here.
Turn Up The Volume‘s first impressions: sounds like the late great sex machines Prince and James Brobn teamed up in ACR’s notorious Manchester haven, recording together in the infamous Haçienda night club with the band’s Jez Kerr in the production room.”
The good old days
R.I.P. Denise Johnson
22 September 2020
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Epic – her second LP
Released: 21 September 2010 – 10 years ago
SHARON VAN ETTEN: Sharon Van Etten
Meeting the wonderful Sharon (photos by Turn Up The Volume!)
‘Postcards From A Young Man’ by Manic Street Preachers
Released: 20 September 2010 – 10 years ago.
Outstanding track: Some Kind Of Nothingness…
13 May 2020
‘Making A Door Less Open’ by WILL TOLEDO and his band CAR SEAT HEADREST
12th longplayer – released: 1st May 2020
A word from Toledo:“Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural
colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love…the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks,
with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.
TUTV score: 4/5
Toledo about wearing a mask: I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it.”
CAR SEAD HEADREST: Facebook
Brand new album by MARK LANEGAN, the hardest working artist in rock.
Here’s STRAIGHT SONGS OF SORROW
MARK LANEGAN: Discography